A pair of MLB debuts approaches …

When left-hander Brett Cecil was sent to minor league camp during spring training in mid-March, he was told he was close to being major-league ready and that he should go to Triple-A Las Vegas and work on his pitch location.

Yankees Blue Jays Spring Baseball“They told me at some point I’ll be helping them out this season,” Cecil told MLB.com at the time. “Hopefully, I’ll only be in Vegas for three weeks or a month. That’s what Brad (Arnsberg) said. Hopefully, I get up there real soon and can help out the team.”

It turns out Arnsberg may be a prophet — Cecil spent exactly three weeks at Triple-A before getting the call from the Blue Jays today.

Had the Jays’ starting rotation been healthy up to this point, there is little doubt that Cecil would have spent much more time at Triple-A. But, with injuries to Jesse Litsch and Ricky Romero, combined with the ineffectiveness of call-up Brian Burres, Cecil now finds himself a big-leaguer – at least for the time being.

In a flurry of moves Thursday night and Friday morning, the Jays optioned Burres, along with Bryan Bullington and struggling starter David Purcey to Las Vegas, while purchasing Cecil’s contract and calling up right-hander Robert Ray and reliever Brian Wolfe.

And the youngsters will be thrown right into the fire. Ray is expected to make his big-league debut tomorrow afternoon against the visiting Baltimore Orioles, while Cecil is scheduled to take the hill for the first time in the majors next Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.

If they’re smart, both will be taking plenty of notes tonight as Roy Halladay takes the mound at Rogers Centre for a 7:07 p.m. start against the Orioles …

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